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Old 03-21-07, 09:41 PM
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Kaspersky 6

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Old 03-22-07, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by namja
My roommate has two computers. No anti-virus on either.
(1) 6 year old PC (it has Pentium II processor): "I don't go to porn sites on that one. I only check e-mail and ESPN and stuff, so I don't need anti-virus."
(2) New Apple MacBook: "It's a Mac. I don't need anti-virus on a Mac, right?"
My roommate converted his MacBook to dualboot (via bootcamp). It now has a PC side to it. Naturally, he installed anti-virus on the PC side.

Antivir would NOT work on the Windows XP partition of his MacBook. Kept giving him errors. So he installed Avast. Dunno why Antivir wouldn't work.
Old 03-22-07, 12:19 PM
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Antivirus programs are really a picky bunch. I've tried a boat load of them and now I'm running Antivir, Eset, AVG, and just currently trying out Trustport all together. Of the notable quality ones, I've tried Kaspersky and F-Secure in the past and both gave me headaches trying to get either to work. Couldn't get F-Secure to install at all, errors and reboots, and I had to dissect it from my system, piece by piece. Kaspersky brought BSODs, funny in the past Kaspersky was a lot better and not a resource hog but now it's grown quite a bit. Some won't install at all if you have another, while others will co-exist peacefully as long as you don't run all their on-access scanners at the same time. Hell, some won't even hiccup if you run multiple on-access scanners.
Old 03-22-07, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by JustinS
FWIW...
Always worth a lot here.

Do you use a anti-virus program for the Mac? If so, which one? I'm assuming you're using F-Secure on the Windows machine. I tried F-Secure's trial and it seemed to only give me a link to the trial version of their internet security suite, not the AV program. The suite was quite a memory hog, using around 200 mb, so hopefully the solo AV program is better.

Am using the AOL scanner which seems to be working pretty good so far, but probably will go back to Symantec Corp on the next fresh install.
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Been using Zone Alarm Suite for a while now and haven't had any problems. Picks up and removes spyware all the time. Not a peep from the virus scans though. Good or bad I don't mind. The last time I found a virus (when I used to use AVG) the computer went mental trying to remove the virus. Don't know how long it had been on the computer lying dormant since I only did manual scans back then, but finding the virus seemed to trigger something bad.
Sometimes it's better if you don't find the damn things, as long as you remember to backup.
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No one ever seems to agree on what is good and what isn't. My advice is to install them all (at once) and hope for the best
Old 06-20-07, 12:30 PM
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I need to do something about my anti-virus software. I had been running Nortonís anti-virus software but my free profile updates ran out a couple months ago and now my computer, surprise surprise, is running very slowly.

I donít want to spend more than $20 if possible. Here are the ones I found from www.directdeals.com which is where Iíve bought many programs:

BullGuard Internet Security 6.0 1 Year Updates OEM $15
McAfee VirusScan Plus 2007 $20
Norton Antivirus 2007 OEM CD w/1 year updates $19

And yes, I know that with OEM Iíll just get the disk Ė thatís fine with me. Which one should I buy, or is there another one for $20 or under that is better? Any thoughts on the Bulldog one? $15 is pretty cheap...

And that Kaspersky 6.0 is no longer free after rebate, now it's something like $35 after rebate.

I'm also seeing good things about "G Data AntiVirusKit (AVK)" - where can I get it and how much is it?

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Old 06-20-07, 01:48 PM
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i used to run the free AVG. Went back to Symantec Corporate Edition
Old 06-20-07, 01:56 PM
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I have been using Symantec Corp. Edition for the last 7 years. Does a better job than that McAfee crap.
Old 06-20-07, 02:22 PM
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but does it slow down your comp?
Old 06-20-07, 02:29 PM
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By default, it's set up to scan all files. I change it to scan the Selected default extensions. With that, I don't experience any slowness or lose of effectiveness.
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I just had a notice telling me that as of the end of May AVG is no longer going to be free. Any ideas for other free programs?
Old 05-07-08, 03:45 PM
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What version are you running? They just launched AVG Free 8.0 at the end of April 2008...

http://free.grisoft.com/ww.news.ndi-93835
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Originally Posted by notkevinbacon
What version are you running? They just launched AVG Free 8.0 at the end of April 2008...




http://free.grisoft.com/ww.news.ndi-93835



Thanks I must have read the thing wrong.
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AVG is a poor performer...

Avira Antivir Personal Edition Premium is my pick for the best there is right now... for $26 a year it's half the price of most packages that don't come close in actual performance...

even the free Avira Antivir is a mcuh better product thna AVG free Edition... http://www.free-av.com/

PC Magazine gave AVG 8 2.5 out of 5 stars, noting it had poor security, and that was the full 'pay' version...

AVG free edition is widely regarded as the poorest performing AV software there is...
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Originally Posted by BigDaddy



Thanks I must have read the thing wrong.
I just got a popup notice from AVG too. It said they would no longer update
AVG 7.5 after May 31st.
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Originally Posted by Dr Mabuse
AVG is a poor performer...

Avira Antivir Personal Edition Premium is my pick for the best there is right now... for $26 a year it's half the price of most packages that don't come close in actual performance...

even the free Avira Antivir is a mcuh better product thna AVG free Edition... http://www.free-av.com/

PC Magazine gave AVG 8 2.5 out of 5 stars, noting it had poor security, and that was the full 'pay' version...

AVG free edition is widely regarded as the poorest performing AV software there is...

Thanks I will check out Avira. It also seems that AVG 8 slows down Firefox big time.
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Old 05-11-08, 08:14 AM
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also check out the security site finjan. they have plugins for IE and Firefox that scan the website and warn you if they find something wrong with it
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Originally Posted by Dr Mabuse
AVG is a poor performer...

Avira Antivir Personal Edition Premium is my pick for the best there is right now... for $26 a year it's half the price of most packages that don't come close in actual performance...

even the free Avira Antivir is a mcuh better product thna AVG free Edition... http://www.free-av.com/

PC Magazine gave AVG 8 2.5 out of 5 stars, noting it had poor security, and that was the full 'pay' version...

AVG free edition is widely regarded as the poorest performing AV software there is...
Me and most of my geek buddies use AVG.

AVG 7.5 and 8 security suite got 2.5/5 from PCMag, indeed.

7.5: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,2060849,00.asp
8.0 : http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,2277377,00.asp
Note why:
The very good virus and spam protection in this suite are offset by a weak firewall and spyware removal scanner. And the clunky user interface just about drove me nuts during testing. Overall it's a decent product, but it's begging for a makeover.

Very good at keeping spyware out of a clean system. Spam filter didn't misfile any valid messages. Antivirus rates well with independent labs. Plug-in architecture is easily extended.


Firewall is rudimentary and vulnerable to attack. Product failed to remove most already installed spyware in testing. User interface is clunky and awkward.
Ohh, a clunky interface an it's not very good at removing spyware. I can remove spyware myself, or via actual spyware-removing programs. AVG 8 is pinged similiarly: they complain the firewall and the anti-spyware isn't very good.

I didn't even realize it had a firewall or anti-spyware. Probably because I don't USE them, I use the simple anti-virus version instead.

PCworld gave AVG 7.5 a 77/100:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,13...1/article.html

AVG is good for simple free antivirus protection. I use AVG pro 7.5 on my box. I use Spybot, etc for spyware...not that I've gotten any in a long time (Windows has really improved on that front). I've read some complaints about AVG 8.0 having a bigger performance

I'm trying out AntiVir on my HTPC.

Kapersky or NOD32 are generally geek-approved as the best non-free AV programs.

I can't stand Norton's footprint, and McAffee has never been very good IMO. Doesn't help I had to fix someone's Win95 computer at the command prompt that McAffee install stopped it from booting.

Now if you want a full security suite including firewall and antispyware and all that stuff, then yes, AVG is a bit weak there and you can do better. But it's good for antivirus duties.

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